Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. Nine Tips for Talking With Kids About Trauma

After a tragedy, kids will have questions. How do we respond?

BY KIRA M. NEWMAN





2. Panel Discussion: Addressing the Children's Mental Health Crisis

HOSTED VIRTUALLY by  The Family Institute at Northwestern University 
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, 12:00 PM CST - 1:00 PM CST




3. The Importance of Family in Human Development—Interview with Delano Squires | VIEWPOINT


OR

The Key to a Good Parent-Child Relationship? Low Expectations.

Arthur C. Brooks






4. How Married Couples Make Decisions about Charitable Giving

Stewardship is the operating name of Stewardship Services (UKET)




5. The nuclear family has failed

There is nothing conservative about atomisation

BY YORAM HAZONY





6. Military Families Push the Army to ‘Normalize Parenthood’

 Mariel Padilla





7. ‘Not been a great time for romance,’ with the fewest marriages in the United States since 1963

By MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer


OR

States Where Marriage Rates Plummeted During the Pandemic

Overall, the total number of marriages recorded in the U.S. in 2020 was the lowest it had been since 1963.





8. National Families Week – 15 to 21 May




9. Brad Wilcox: The Impact of COVID-19 on Family Trends in America




10. Are there data-inspired parenting ‘hacks’ — and should you use them?

Experts say data on child-rearing is complicated and may tell the average story, but not necessarily yours

By Lois M. Collins





11. How many marriages and divorces took place in 2020? 




Enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks.
Bill

Candidates for IFS Friday Five


John Cuddeback




2. Did child maltreatment fall under COVID-19?

Child Welfare Monitor 




3. Supporting Healthy Coparenting and Intimate Relationships in Fatherhood Programs

Monday, May 23rd from 1:30-3:00 PM, ET.




4.  How to discipline in the heat of a moment

Deborah Farmer Kris




5. EXPLORING DIGITAL WELLNESS WITH KIDS AND PARENTS

May 14 Digital Wellness Symposium information and registration: 

soe.umich.edu/digitalwellness




6. Stress Is Contagious in Relationships

Rosie Shrout, PhD




7. Social participation and marital satisfaction in mid to late life marriage





8. Over half of 20-somethings in South Korea don’t plan to have children after marriage–poll





9. What Makes a Good Marriage?

David T. Culkin Ph.D.






10. Good Jobs for Young Adults Can Boost Their Lifetime Earnings and Well-being

Gabriel Piña, Kristin Anderson Moore, Vanessa Sacks, Alison McClay
















































Candidates for IFS Friday Five

1. Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) 2022

virtually on June 1–3, 2022 from 1:00–5:00 pm ET.




2. 

Family Stability - Bridging America's Social Capital Divide





3. How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied

Jamie Howard, PhD


OR

Building Better Childhoods


4. Family Care Toolkit






5. American Community Survey Data for Nonprofits

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET




6. Relationship Churning: Recognizing and Understanding On-Again/Off-Again Relationships

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific




7. Married poor more stable than unmarried rich




8.  Variation in the educational consequences of parental death and divorce: The role of family and country characteristics 

Carlijn Bussemakers Gerbert Kraaykamp Jochem Tolsma





9. Young people call on the media to help them form and sustain healthy and dependable relationships

Fastn and Media Trust





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11. New research highlights 'significant gap' in evidence about effectiveness of relationship education programs

by University of Exeter





12. Parenting With a Kind Mind: Exploring Kindness as a Potentiator for Enhanced Brain Health

Maria Teresa Johnson*, Julie M. Fratantoni, Kathleen Tate and Antonia Solari Moran




13. Average age to get married rises to 38.2, CSO finds



Thanks, 
Bill (feeling better but  winded easily)


Candidates for the IFS Friday Five

Some of you know this: I had a sextuple bypass the day after Easter and got home last Fri. 
Feeling a little better already! Month+ recovery. Had to cancel our Ignatian Pilgrimage in May.
Feeling blessed, grateful for family, and glad to be back.


1. Understanding How Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Program Evaluations Have Measured Child Well-Being


and/or
Using Learning Cycles to Strengthen Fatherhood Programs: An Introduction to the Strengthening the Implementation of Responsible Fatherhood Programs (SIRF) Study



What Strategies Can Programs Use to Help More Dads Participate in Fatherhood Services?






2. That ‘homeless person’ could be someone’s son. Mine, for instance.

By Shannon Jones






3. Demonstrating the impact of a volunteer family support program: Insights from an RCT

Jayne Meyer Tucker, Rebekah Grace, Angela Styman and Joanna Schwarzman




4. What We Lose When We Conflate Child “Abuse” and “Neglect”

by , Molly Parker

The Southern Illinoisan




5. Why Kids Make the Best Philosophers

By Scott Hershovitz





6. Study investigates link between African American couples’ relationship quality and depressive symptoms




7. First-of-its-kind study compares domestic violence programs, finds promising results

Amie Zarling, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State.




8. Surface Force Helps Pregnant Sailors Thrive Through Artemis Program




OR

Do You Have a Parent-Child Marriage?





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 Bill
































































































Fwd: OPRE HMRF News - April 2022



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HMRF Newsletter Issue 11 

In This Issue: 

  • Three New Reports and a Synthesis Brief with the Final Results from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) Evaluation
  • Toolkit for Implementing New Program Components or Services in Fatherhood Programs  

  • Two Impact Reports Published from Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
  • Final Reports on the 2015-2020 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantee Cohort from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project
  • Highlights from the Second Meetings of the FRAMING Research Project’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Groups

 

Three New Reports and a Synthesis Brief with the Final Results from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) Evaluation

The Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) study released impact findings on the three interventions tested: the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Justice Involved Individuals Seeking Employment (CBI-Emp) study which tested the effects on fathers’ employment, criminal justice system involvement, and relationships with coparents; the Just Beginning study which tested the effects on father-child relationships; and the DadTime study which explored the feasibility, usability, and impact of a smartphone app to promote fathers’ attendance in a parenting intervention. Three separate reports describe the implementation, impact, and cost findings for each intervention tested. A syntheis brief summarizes the lessons across the three studies.

For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis.

PROGRAM TIPS 

The DadTime study adds to a growing field of research on the use of technology to promote engagement in services. The report includes important insights for programs interested in designing and implementing a smartphone app to promote father engagement. Key tips include:

  • Determine the purpose and role of the app
  • Integrate the app into existing programs and processes
  • Ask research questions that can identify critical features or content for app interventions and that are matched to outcomes
 

PROGRAM TIPS 

The CBI-Emp and Just Beginning curricula tested in B3 built on emerging innovations and evidence in the fatherhood field about what fathers may want and need from community-based programs. Below are cross-cutting lessons from the B3 tests of CBI-Emp and Just Beginning:

  • The implementation of new curricula did not reduce fathers’ participation in other services, suggesting that organizations can implement new services without reducing participation in other program services.
  • To engage and retain fathers in new services, it is important to thoroughly understand and meet their essential needs, remove barriers to participation, and engage them in services quickly after enrollment.
  • When implementing new curricula, organizations should reserve resources for ongoing staff training and technical assistance.
  • Since not all interventions are appropriate and effective for all fathers, consider strategies for reaching the intervention’s ideal target population in the context of the existing programs’ settings.

For more practitioner-oriented resources from the B3 project, please visit the B3 project’s webpage.

 

B3 Study Releases New Toolkit for Fatherhood Programs Interested in Implementing New Program Components or Services

A new toolkit from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) evaluation provides fatherhood program practitioners with user-friendly, hands-on resources to support implementation of new program components or services within existing fatherhood programs. The resources include a set of downloadable tools along with an interactive web-based brief and a longer resource document to support use of the tools.

For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis.                 

PROGRAM TIPS 

This toolkit describes and provides specific resources to support three key phases of adding new program components into existing services:

  • Ready guides programs through steps to prepare for program changes
  • Set helps programs create a foundation and put things in place for successful implementation
  • Go aids programs in implementation and continual learning
 

Two Impact Reports Published from Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation

Explore two impact reports from the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS): the one-year impact findings of MotherWise, a healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program designed to serve expectant and new mothers with low incomes in Denver, Colorado and the one-year impact findings from the Empowering Families healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program, which integrated economic stability services with HMRE content for couples with low incomes raising children together. In addition to describing the programs’ impacts after one year, the reports also provide information on program implementation and costs and document the study methods.

For more information, contact Samantha Illangasekare.

PROGRAM TIPS 

Considerations for programs working with pregnant or parenting mothers:

  • Relationship outcomes may take longer than one year post-enrollment to unfold, and these may be harder constructs to target at the individual level
  • Serving mothers during particular life points such as during pregnancy or just after child birth may make them more receptive to learning about healthy relationships

Considerations for programs working with adult couples:

  • Programs should consider integrating relationship education and financial literacy into the core HMRE programming couples jointly receive
  • Lowering economic stress may make it easier for couples to absorb and apply relationship education information received from the program
  • Teaching couples how to better communicate with one another may result in couples being better able to jointly manage their finances and reduce family’s economic hardships
 

Final Reports in the 2015-2020 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantee Cohort from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project

Explore four new reports from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project that present final results of the analysis of the 2015 cohort of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees using nFORM data. Separate reports summarize findings for healthy marriage grantees serving adults, healthy marriage grantees serving youth, and responsible fatherhood grantees, along with an overarching technical appendix which includes supplementary findings. The reports address how grantees reached potential clients, the services they provided, how they supported staff, the challenges they faced in implementing their programs, the characteristics of the clients they served, and how clients changed from the beginning to the end of the program.

For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis or Pooja Curtin.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE 

In a recent community forum, members of the FaMLE and Cross-Site Project team showcased the results from the final cross-site analysis of nFORM data from the 2015 HMRF grantee cohort. Research and program experts discussed the findings and their implications for HMRF programs and the field more broadly. The recording and presentation slides can be found here.

 

Highlights from the Second Meeting of the FRAMING Research Project’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Groups

Explore highlights from OPRE's second FRAMING Research Technical Workgroup (TWG) convenings, which brought together research and practice experts to discuss healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) and responsible fatherhood (RF) programming, research, and evaluation. The HMRE TWG report summarizes their discussion of the challenges of implementing HMRE programs for youth and individual adults, building the evidence base for the effectiveness of these programs, and five top priorities they identified for future work. The RF TWG report summarizes their discussion of implementation and impacts of programs designed to improve the economic stability of fathers with a history of criminal justice involvement, barriers these fathers face in trying to be involved fathers, and ways programs can help fathers overcome these barriers. The RF TWG also identified four top priorities for future work.

For more information, contact Kriti Jain or Samantha Illangasekare.          

The purpose of this newsletter is to connect with researchers, curriculum developers, practitioners, service providers, and other community partners or collaborators to share knowledge about Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) research and evaluation.

This newsletter adds to the sources of information that exist on HMRF programs, services, curricula, and practices by specifically focusing on research and evaluation conducted by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in conjunction with the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), both within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

For more information about OPRE’s HMRF research and evaluation portfolio, please contact Katie.Pahigiannis@acf.hhs.gov.

 
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Candidates for IFS Friday Fifty

1. BALLOON ARCHES

BY MEREDITH MCDONOUGH




2. 

Latina teenagers in United States spend more time with parents and siblings than do other teenagers


Elizabeth Ackert and Jocelyn Wikle




3. NCFR Call for Papers — The Science of Families: Nurturing Hope, Happiness, & Health

Special Section of Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science





4. How Is Your Marriage?

Kevin A. Thompson




5. The life-long psychological effects your first love has on you

Jaimee Bell




6. Black children and adolescents can achieve greater heights with research-informed policies and practices

Mavis Sanders, Joy Thompson, Kristen Harper




7. Engaging Community Members in Evaluations of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs




8. A Call to Connection

Casper ter Kuile with Angie Thurston, Sue Phillips, and Derrick Scott IIl




9. Marriage in the US today
  • By ROSCOE SCARBOROUGH




10. Addressing the national mental health crisis: Opportunities and challenges

Webcast Wednesday, Apr 06, 2022, 2:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT




Thanks!
Bill

Candidates for IFS Friday Five #414 (Elite 8 edition)

1. Socioeconomic Factors and Differences in Forming and Maintaining Marriages and Cohabitations

Paul Hemez, Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Kasey Eickmeyer, Susan L. Brown, Wendy D. Manning, and Krista K. Payne






2. Talking to Kids You Love - 3 - Empathic Listening




3. 

Exploring Community Member Engagement in the Evaluation of HMRF Programs

This report from the Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research) project provides practical guidance to Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) researchers on how to engage community members in designing and conducting evaluations of HMRF programs. It includes common frameworks for engaging community members in research, strategies that HMRF researchers can use to apply these frameworks, challenges that could affect researchers’ ability to implement these engagement strategies, and some possible solutions to those challenges.

Read the Report >












OR

Making Evaluations Rigorous and Relevant: The Role of Active Engagement in Developing Learning Agendas for the Division of Family Strengthening




4. Episode 4: Married to a partner struggling with their mental health


OR

New Findings May Offer Insight for Interventions to Strengthen Long Term Marriage Stability for People with Traumatic Brain Injury


5. Marriage backlog forcing couples to defer or relocate weddings

Joanne Hunt




6. This is What Children Need Most to Thrive

Posted by Christopher A. Brown




7. Income assistance, marriage, and child poverty: An assessment of the Family Security Act






8. Is your marriage driving you to eat?

by: Karen Owoc



Thanks
Bill